I really like Christmas. I really like it. I like wrapping up warm when it’s cold outside, I like all the twinkling lights that are absolutely everywhere, I like the food – every night’s a party food night in my house, I like getting dressed up in posh sparkly clothes, I like the extra time spent with friends and family, I like the music, Christmas films and TV specials and I like buying the perfect gifts for loved ones (perhaps just one or two for me as well). In fact I don’t like it all, I love it all!
Other people like to go on about video games or music or stamp collecting or football, but I like to talk about Christmas and Christmas stuff. And today we are focusing on gift giving when you’re finding it difficult to get the perfect gift.
Maybe you’re finding one person in particular a struggle or maybe you just don’t know where to start when it comes to presents? The whole process doesn’t have to be as daunting as it feels right now and remember, you still have time.
First off, breathe. It is Christmas after all, a time to be jolly and to think about others.
Which is why the gifts you give should be thoughtful and expressive, not just rushed and bought ‘because it was there’.
- Write down a list of who you will be giving gifts to.
- Set your budget for each person.
These next bits will take some time but just go with it, it’ll get easier once you get into the flow.
- Take each person in your list and ask yourself: What are their hobbies or interests? Do you two have a running inside joke or a memory that you could link with a gift? Do they need anything?
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Find out from friends or family if they have asked for anything in particular or hinted that they like something.
- If you’re still stuck for ideas, take a stroll through the shops. If you do buy something, make sure you have a real reason behind it, ‘I got you these Welly Boots so you don’t ruin any more trainers next time we go walking through muddy fields.’ Make a connection with what you’re buying.
- Vouchers too, although not an inspiring gift to open and generally seen as a lazy present, is doubtless a great way to ensure your recipient will be able to choose exactly what they want.
- Consider also that you don’t even have to buy gifts. Homemade presents can be worth so much more in sentimental value. A box of homemade biscuits, a ribbon tied set of handwritten letters for them to open on special occasions, a personalised t-shirt; there are so many ideas and easy to follow how-to’s out there on the internet – and Pinterest is a great place to start looking.
Getting presents for your family and friends can be a rewarding and fun part of the Christmas period. Try using some of these tips, relax, and enjoy the experience.